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English Language - English - Literature: 2016 Units 1/2 Course Selection

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Senior Boys Soccer


This week the senior boys soccer team played in the grand final of the Northern Metro Region School Sports. They were eventually defeated in extra time 2-1 after a penalty free kick. Well done to the team and coach Frank Petricca.



Race to Town Hall


Next month students from Princes Hill's leadership committee will be participating in a fun new transport initiative called Race to Town Hall. Designed for locals that live, work or study in the City of Yarra, the event will showcase the good and the bad of public transport in our neighbourhood. Participating students will plan the fastest route between PHSC and Richmond town hall, and then set out together at 8am on Tuesday 11 August to compete with other individuals and teams across Yarra. On arrival at the town hall, students will get to share their travel experiences with representatives from local government including the Mayor. Beyond the event, students will be encouraged to think about and discuss some of the broader mobility issues facing Melbournians, including population growth and traffic, the environmental impact of single occupant vehicles, and the role public transport plays in social connectedness.
For more information about the day visit
In the lead up to this event parents, staff and students are being encouraged to share their thoughts on local public transport by completing a 2 minute online survey.
Race to Town Hall is being put on by a coalition of community, environment and transport groups who want to see expansive, modern and well connected public transport services delivered across Melbourne.

Premier’s Award for VCE English


On Wednesday June 3rd, I was presented with the Premier’s Award for VCE English.

It was with great honour that I accepted this award, not only for myself but on behalf of all those who supported me and helped me to succeed. My family, in particular my parents and sister, did more for me than I know. I’m sorry that so often I would come home in a foul mood, and I am incredibly grateful for the immeasurably numerous contributions you made to my schooling, sanity and wellbeing throughout VCE. 

All of my teachers, not just in year 12 but throughout my schooling, deserve a mention as well. A few in particular have been particularly exceptional, providing the right learning environment to not just encourage competence but inspire passion.

My classmates were a constant source of inspiration. The dedication in the face of adversity (VCE) that so many of them maintained through ups and downs was simply astonishing. Not only that, but so many of them were always willing to help with any problems I had. One of the greatest resources VCE students can draw upon is those around them.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the school itself. Princes Hill has always valued the kind of free thinking, expression and awareness that is so integral to my understanding of the world. The emphasis upon education for the sake of learning, and developing an extended world view, rather than simply spoon-feeding for exam scores, is beyond valuable. It is defining. To all you current VCE students, or more precisely, the 5 of you that are reading the newsletter for the first time in years in a desperate attempt to avoid more work, take note. In the stress-inducing months to come, search for the curiosity and hunger for knowledge within yourself. Care about what you learn, and it will ingrain itself upon your mind with ease. And what you will have gained is far more significant than any scores which come your way.

Gabe Dwyer - Class of 2014.



Pyjama Day Fund Raiser

Last week SLC raised over $340 to assist students in foster care. Many thanks to Sammy Skulley and Lilli Lennfer for organising the event!




Visit from Barry Jones


Unit 2 VCE Australian & Global Politics students and teachers were pleased to meet Professor Barry Jones on Thursday 16th July. Professor Jones’ myriad achievements, academic honours and experience with various international organisations make him a fascinating and welcome guest anywhere. However, it was primarily as a former member of State and Federal Parliaments, serving seven years as Minister for Science under the Hawke Government, that he visited Princes Hill Secondary College. He delivered a short lecture followed by a lengthy session where students were invited to ask questions about his time in Parliament and the state of politics in general.

Professor Jones was asked to talk on the theme, “What has happened to the Left in Australian politics?” but in his analysis all of the major parties were subject to some severe and authoritative criticism. From a man with over half a century’s practice at oratory the effect on the audience was powerful, to say the least.

There were a series of talking points to follow after the initial lecture but first we opened the floor for discussion and it was clear that the students’ insightful and engaging questions were not likely to run dry in the time remaining. In fact, when the bell tolled for the start of lunchtime there were still a few hands in the air.

Some of the ideas students wanted to ask about included; the influence of the media in politics, the policy convergence of the two major parties, the personalities of some of our leading politicians and advice for future political careers. Some of Professor Jones’ key ideas were; that people should enter politics through a passion for issues rather than as a career path, that the quality of public debate has largely withered to empty sloganism and that there were a complex range of factors which currently entrenched the dominance of the two major political groups.

In addition to his vast knowledge and experience Professor Jones is a famously entertaining speaker and we feel quite privileged to have been able to share this time with him. We thank him heartily for visiting our school.


Princes Hill Poetic Pair on Podium

TWO Princes Hill Secondary College students have finished in the top three in an international writing competition. Year 9 students Bella and Bethany finished second and third, respectively, in the recent Robert Burns World Federation’s International Writing Competition.
The competition was based on the life and poetry of 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is regarded as the national poet of Scotland. It was the first time two Melbourne students entered the annual event, which is open to students up to the age of 16.
Melbourne federal Greens MP Adam Bandt and the Robert Burns Club of Melbourne members recently attended an assembly at Princes Hill Secondary College to present the students with their awards.
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